Gunmen Kill 3 In Akwa Ibom

By Bernard Tolani Dada, Uyo - Gunmen yesterday attacked the residents of Obong Udo Ekpenyong, commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs  and Elder Aniekan Akpan, immediate past commissioner for Education at Ikot Okusung, Ukanafun LGA. It was gathered that  the hoodlums attacked  their residents destroying valuables while three lives were reportedly lost in the process. According to an eyewitness  one of the   Ekpenyong sisters (a Teacher), a barber and a family member were reportedly shot dead during the attack. Residents of the community were said to have fled into the bush following the sporadic gun shots fired by the gunmen As at the time of filling this report, the names of the victims were yet to be ascertained. Meanwhile, Men of the Force are currently manning the volatile area to ensure calm. Hence, Urua Affiong Market junction which leads to Ikot Okusung is currently on a siege by  security operatives. The  state police public...
By ADEBIYI ADEDAPO, Abuja - Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt Hon Yakubu Dogara and the Edo state governor, Godwin Obaseki will lead the Nigerian delegation to Italy to discuss women empowerment and the fight against human trafficking. Director general of National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP),  Ms Julie Okah-Donli, is also expected to join the delegation . According to a statement signed by the special adviser to the Speaker on Media and Public Affairs, Mr Turaki Hassan, the Nigerian delegation are  billed to attend the Conference on the invitation of the Italian Parliament who are seeking partnership with Nigeria to stem human trafficking especially the increasing number of Nigerian citizens that enter Italy every year. The visit is coming on the heels of the death of 26 Nigerian women in the Mediterranean Sea who lost their lives while trying to cross to Europe. The Italian government had extended...
By Tunde Oguntola, Abuja - There is growing apprehension in the federal civil service over the non-confirmation of some of the permanent secretaries appointed over three months ago, by the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration. LEADERSHIP gathered from sources in the federal civil service that the delay in the swearing-in of the permanent secretary designates was brewing tension in the service as the new appointees had been rendered redundant, having earlier handed over to senior directors in their respective ministries, following their appointment. Recall that on August 10, 2017, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, then acting president, approved the appointment of 21 new permanent secretaries into the Federal Civil Service. Head of the Civil Service of Federation, Mrs Winifred Oyo-Ita announced the appointments in a statement. Subsequently, and in accordance with extant civil service regulations, the newly appointed permanent secretaries, handed over their respective briefs, to officers next in line of seniority in their various...

Obiano Wins Anambra Governorship Poll

By OKECHUKWU OBETA, Awka - The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) yesterday declared Governor Willie Obiano of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) as the winner of Saturday’s governorship election in Anambra State. Declaring the result of the election, which was keenly contested by 37 candidates, in Awka on Sunday, INEC’s Returning Officer, Prof. Zana Akpagu, said Obiano polled 234, 071 votes to defeat his closest rival, Mr Tony Nwoye of All Progressives Congress (APC), who scored 98, 752 votes. Akpagu who is the Vice Chancellor of University of Calabar said the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Mr Oseloka Obaze, came third with 70,293 votes. He also added that the United Progressives Party (UPP) candidate, Chief Osita Chidioka, polled a total of 7,903, while the Progressives Peoples Alliance (PPA) candidate, Mr. Godwin Ezeemo, scored a total of 2787 votes to clinch fifth position. According to him, the total valid votes cast at the poll...
BY CHIDINMA OKEKE - The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has disclosed that with the Bank Verification Number (BVN) in place, biometrics will soon be used for transactions on the Automated Teller Machine (ATM) instead of the existing pin code. Disclosing this in  Ibadan at 2017 annual retreat of the Nigeria Electronic Fraud Forum (NeFF) held at Iyaganku, Ibadan over the weekend, chairman, NeFF, Dipo Fatokun, said,  “Operationalising a four sided approach to preventing fraud” were top officials of the Economics and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), U.S Consulate, Lagos, Consumer Protection Council, Union Bank of Nigeria Plc , Access Bank, First Bank, Mobile Money Operators among other stakeholders in the financial sector of the nation’s economy. According to Fatokun, introduction of biometrics‎ into banking system is part of the effort of the CBN to ensure successful fight against electronic fraud in banking sector. Fatokun said though, sharing of pin code ‎with a third parties...
By Ahuraka Isah, Abuja - The Managing Director of Oil and Gas Free Zones Authority (OGFZA), Umana Okon Umana, has said the Authority’s new standard operating procedure (SOP) to enforce the laws and regulations in the free zones has nothing to do with 2019 politics as being alleged in certain quarters. He described those alleging politics in the Authority’s operations as anti-change agents who are bent on defying the change agenda of the President Muhammadu Buhari administration in order to sustain the old order of doing things in the country’s oil and gas free zones. Specifically, Umana was reacting to recent media attacks on the Authority by the management of a concessionaire of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) and a licensee of OGFZA, Intels Nigeria Limited (INL), alleging that the Authority is disparaging its reputation because of certain political interests. Threatening legal action against OGFZA, Intels had listed some of the contentious issues...
By TUNDE oguntola, Abuja - The federal government of Nigeria  has hailed the recent global endorsement of its fight against terrorism, as contained in the 2017 Global Terrorism Index of the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP). Consequently, the federal government said the 2017 Global Terrorism Index will provide a fresh shot in the arm for the  administration to continue its efforts to wipe out the vestige of Boko Haram, and to tackle all other forms of insecurity facing the nation. The minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, in a statement issued in Abuja yesterday, expressed delight at the report, which shows that the largest decrease in terrorism deaths globally occurred in Nigeria, where terrorism deaths attributed to Boko Haram fell by 80 per cent in 2016. The minister said it was also encouraging that for the second consecutive year, the total number of deaths is down with a 13 per...
By OMONU NELSON AND JULIANA AGBO with Agency Report - Embattled Zimbabwean president, Robert Mugabe, yesterday defied his own ZANU-PF party and hundreds of thousands of protesters demanding his resignation. He pledged in a television address to preside over the party’s next congress in December. Two sources, one a senior member of the government and the other familiar with talks with leaders of the military, told Reuters that Mugabe would use the address to announce his resignation after ZANU-PF earlier sacked him as its leader in a step precipitated by an army takeover four days earlier. But in the speech from his official residence, sitting alongside a row of generals, Mugabe acknowledged criticisms from ZANU-PF, the military and the public, but made no mention of his own position, instead pledging to preside over the ZANU-PF congress scheduled for next month. ZANU-PF had given the 93-year-old president, who led his country to indepndence in 1980,...
***Celebrates Former President 60th Birthday By Chibuzo Ukaibe, Abuja The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Sunday said former President Goodluck Jonathan will be remembered as one of the greatest leaders in Africa. The party stated this in a statement marking the 60th birthday anniversary of the former president. According to the statement signed by the party's national publicity secretary, Prince Dayo Adeyeye, the former president will be remembered for his economic policies and how he handed over power in 2015 willingly after he was defeated at the presidential election. The party said "Your Excellency Sir, you are sixty years today and we are proud that you have made wonderful contributions to the stability of our democracy and the overall development of our country, Nigeria during the prime of your age. "As you celebrate your birthday today, one thing Nigerians and members of the International community will never forget apart from your numerous and indelible achievements in...
By ADEBIYI ADEDAPO, Abuja Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Yakubu Dogara and the Edo state governor, Godwin Obaseki will lead the Nigerian delegation to Italy to discuss women empowerment and the fight against human trafficking. Director General of National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), Ms Julie Okah-Donli, is also expected to join the delegation . According to a statement signed by the Special Adviser to the Speaker on Media and Public Affairs, Mr. Turaki Hassan, the Nigerian delegation are billed to attend the Conference on the invitation of the Italian Parliament who are seeking partnership with Nigeria to stem human trafficking especially the increasing number of Nigerian citizens that enter Italy every year. The visit is coming on the heels of the death of 26 Nigerian women in the meditarrenian sea who lost their lives while trying to cross to Europe. The Italian government had extended invitation to...